Our People



  • A man - Dr Chris Freelance - with brown hair and beard wearing a blue jacket and shirt
    Dr Chris Freelance

    Platform Manager


    Chris is an evolutionary biologist and zoologist whose research spans comparative morphology and sensory ecology, and has involved the utilisation, development and refinement of techniques in invertebrate histology and microscopy. As the Platform Manager, Chris guides the strategic development of MHP, provides researcher consultation, and holds engagement and researcher education events.

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    Laura Leone

    Laboratory Coordinator


    Laura has extensive experience in diagnostic and research histology. She has worked at The University of Melbourne for over a decade where she has encountered a range of samples ranging from brains and livers to leaves, sea anemones and grasshopper eggs!

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    Lisa Foster

    Histology Technical Officer


    Lisa completed a Bachelor of Arts/Science with Honours in the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience at The University of Melbourne. With a research background, she enjoys assisting clients with their histological techniques and integrating her knowledge and expertise into a variety of projects.



Steering Committee

Andrew Pask – Chair; School of BioSciences
Stephen Rogerson – Deputy Chair; Peter Doherty Institute
Erica Fletcher – MHP Academic Lead; Department of Anatomy and Physiology
Richard Frampton – School of Biomedical Sciences

User Committee

Will de Nardo – Chair; Department of Anatomy and Physiology
Jeremy Cottrell – Deputy Chair; School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences
Dagmar Wilhelm – Department of Anatomy and Physiology
Andrew Pask – School of BioSciences
Laura Edgington-Mitchell – Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology
Tina Cardamone – Phenomics Australia Histopathology Service
Allison van de Meene – BioSciences Microscopy Unit
Una Greferath – Department of Anatomy and Physiology
Chris Freelance – Platform Manager, Melbourne Histology Platform
Laura Leone – Laboratory Coordinator, Melbourne Histology Platform


Contact us

E214 – 216, Level 2 East, Medical Building (181)
The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3010
+61 3 8344 5752